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Complaint about DVD Cartel
From: "Tom A. Trottier" <Tom _-at-_ Abacurial.com>
========================================= A - Personal Information: ========================================= Trottier, Tom 415-400 Slater St. Ottawa ON Canada K1R 7S7 Home Phone: (613) 594-5412 Bus. Phone: (613) 291-1168 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ========================================= B - Company or Person Complained Against: ========================================= License Management International, , DVD Copy Control Association 225 B Cochrane Circle Morgan Hill CA 95037, British Columbia Phone: Fax: Ownership: A multi-owner cartel (Claimed non-profit) Products and/or Services Supplied: Content Scrambling System used on DVD's Geographic Area(s) in which the Person or Company Conducts Business: Canada Nature of Your Concerns: Section 9 of the Competition Act indicates that if 6 residents of Canada file a complaint, then an investigation should be started. This is my request, in support of the complaint of Russell McOrmond <email@example.com> made on or about August 10, 2001. Through encoding techniques used on specific movies, the License Management International/DVD Copy Control Association, the Cartel, controls DVD players in both domestic and international markets. Competitors that wish to offer compatible players are charged under USA's DMCA laws for "anti-circumvention." No DVD players that do not conform to the Cartel's rules are available for sale. The practice of controlling the player market should be considered a violation of competition laws. As well, the control of the DVD player market, the DVD CCA also has region-codes which create an unnecessary barrier to trade between regions in DVD videos, causing prices to be higher and distribution restricted. This seems to be in contradiction to sections 45, 77, and 78 of the Competition Act. ========================================= C - Product/Service Complaints: ========================================= Product Name: Brand Name: Lot/Style Number: Size: Do you know the Country of Origin for this product? Description of Product: Details of the Complaint: Where did you purchase... Postal Code: ========================================= D - To obtain more information: ========================================= http://www.flora.org/dmca/forum/40 http://www.accc.gov.au/speeches/2001/jones_intellectual_property_11_5_ 01.htm http://www.accc.gov.au/speeches/2001/fels_sydney_institute_23_4_01.htm http://220.127.116.11/accc.internet/media/search/view_media.cfm?RecordID= 218 http://www.theregister.co.uk/000221-000018.html Region codes are described at: http://www.opendvd.org/regioncode.html ----------- Questions answered, answers questioned. Tom Trottier, President <Tom@Abacurial.com> http://AbacuriaL.com ICQ:57647974 400 Slater St. Suite 415, Ottawa ON Canada K1R 7S7 +1 613 291-1168 fax:+1 613 594-5412 (877)247-8796 -- For (un)subscription information, posting guidelines and links to other related sites please see http://www.flora.org/dmca/
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